Chapter One“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.”~Galileo Galilei~
It had been three hours since Olivia Benson had arrived at the hospital with the victim. She hadn’t been told much in those last three hours except that she was in surgery and that they would know more when she came out. Olivia had told them that she would wait for awhile before she had to leave to help Elliot out. Olivia couldn’t get the image of the young girl out of her head. Something kept bothering her that this girl looked familiar but Olivia still couldn’t place her finger on why that was.
“Liv,” a familiar voice said drawing her from her thoughts.
Olivia looked up to find Captain Cragen standing in front of her. She could tell something was wrong and that whatever he had to tell was going to be hard. Since being transferred to the Special Victims Unit Olivia had come to think of Cragen as a Father she never had though she would never admit that to anyone. She hated when people saw her in anything other than the tough cop.
“What’s up?” Olivia asked.
“Liv,” Cragen began, “They ran her finger prints through the system hoping to find out who she is. We got a hit.”
Olivia didn’t understand why he looked so sad when they had discovered the identity of their victim. She briefly wondered if it had anything to do with the feeling that she still had.
“Who is she?”
“She’s your daughter Liv,” Cragen finally said, “We finally found her.”
Olivia froze not knowing what to say. She turned her gaze to the floor as she tried to gather her thoughts together. The only person at the precinct that knew about her daughter’s disappearance was Captain Cragen and her partner Elliot. And that was only because they had thought they got a lead on her a year ago. The lead had gone nowhere but Olivia had felt relieved that she didn’t have to keep it in anymore. Olivia thought back to when her daughter Elizabeth had been born. She had become pregnant after a one night stand, but that didn’t stop her from loving her daughter. Elizabeth had been an amazing and gifted child, but with Olivia’s heavy hours from her work she didn’t see her as much as she would have liked. When Elizabeth turned four she had been kidnapped and Olivia had not seen her since.
“You should take some time off,” Cragen told her, “She’s going to need you. It’s been so long she probably doesn’t even know the truth. Who knows how she was treated over the years?”
Olivia knew he was right. No matter how much she wanted to catch the scum that had shot her daughter she knew that Elliot and the others would not rest until they caught the perp. Olivia slowly nodded.
“Thanks,” Olivia said quietly.
“If there’s anything I can do don’t hesitate to call,” Cragen told her.
Olivia nodded and was about to respond to the Captain and ask him to inform Elliot, but the surgeon walked over to where they were. Olivia briefly wondered if he knew about their connection.
“She’s out of surgery and is going to be just fine,” Dr. Roberts told them, “We just put her in a room.”
“Can I see her?” Olivia asked.
Dr. Roberts nodded and gave her directions to the room. After a quick goodbye and thank you to Cragen Olivia left to find the room. She didn’t have much trouble getting to the room, but when she arrived she was afraid to go in. It had been fourteen years since she had seen her daughter and she didn’t know what to do.
‘You can do this,’ Olivia told herself before she entered the hospital room that would change her life.
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